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Date Venue Fees
09 - 20 Sep 2024 London - UK $11,900
Course Description


The business of upstream oil & gas industry is a complex process that involves multidisciplinary participations. The process of upstream oil and gas costs several hundreds of millions of dollars to the companies. Because of the capital-intensive nature of upstream investments, every required process is challenged by its economic impact or benefits to the company and stakeholders. The techniques applied in upstream business and processes in their selection criteria are challenging and require considerations of economic environment.

This GLOMACS 10-day Upstream Economics Management training course provides the delegates with insights related to the upstream oil & gas business including the assessment of risk and uncertainty and relevant accounting standards based on International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). The course will equip the delegates with necessary skills and knowledge of exploration and production projects and financing and investments. The delegates will learn modern techniques relevant when choosing the best alternative project from economic point of view and evaluating various investment opportunities.

This Upstream Economics Management training course will highlight:

  • Application techniques/approach of the economics analysis in the Oil & Gas industry
  • Petroleum related project evaluation methods
  • Assessment of the uncertainties and risk of the project
  • Preparation of Financial Statements consistent with IFRS
  • Relevant skills of evaluation and performance measurement
  • Efficient Planning, Controlling, and Recording of an audit assignment


This training course is split into two modules:

MODULE I - Petroleum Project Economics & Risk Analysis

MODULE II - Upstream Petroleum Accounting

Each module is structured and can be taken as a stand-alone training course; however, delegates will maximise their benefits by taking Module 1 and 2 back-to-back as a 2-week training course.


By the end of this Upstream Economics Management training course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand various economic terms used in the Oil & Gas industry
  • Develop economic models of various petroleum fiscal regimes
  • Evaluating and quantifying risks and uncertainties
  • Carrying out a comprehensive economic evaluation for petroleum related project including risk and sensitivity analysis.
  • Contribute to the decision-making process for any petroleum related project
  • Understanding of the accounting and auditing standards, policies and practices used by Upstream Petroleum companies
  • Improve relevance and reliability of financial reports to better meet the needs of users
  • Review, evaluate, and use publicly available information for benchmarking the business performance

Training Methodology

This Upstream Economic and Management training course will be delivered using various proven learning and teaching techniques. The Training methodology includes the use of case studies, group work and interactive exercises and videos relevant to the training. The training is designed to ensure delegates leave with transferable skills as well as up-to-date knowledge of Upstream Economic and Management.

Organisational Impact

By sending delegates on this Upstream Economics Management training course, your organization will benefit by:

  • Participants will learn about the application/implementation of economic valuation and risk assessment processes in the global Oil & Gas industry
  • Identify and analyse the risk involved in a petroleum related project
  • Recognize the uses of options in the ranking criteria to select and execute the high profitable projects
  • Insights of the influencing parameters for oil and gas field developments
  • Providing effective finance support for front-line departments
  • Relevance and reliability of management and financial information
  • Effective use of financial statements of the company

Personal Impact

By attending this Upstream Economics Management training course, you will:

  • Learn to construct a project cashflow model
  • Gain the operational decision-making techniques under risks and uncertainties
  • Identifying the uncertainties in petroleum related project and how to manage them effectively
  • Awareness and ins-sight about influential parameters in an oil and gas field development plan
  • Greater insight or awareness of industry practices, problems, and solutions
  • Increased self-confidence and motivation at work
  • Greater job satisfaction in providing quality and excellent support to management


This GLOMACS Upstream Economics Managementtraining course is suitable to a wide range of professionals but will greatly benefit:

  • Oil & Gas Field Engineers
  • Oil & Gas Managers
  • Oil & Gas Auditors
  • Oil & Gas Planners
  • Financial Analysts
  • Project Management Professionals
  • Corporate Accountants, Financial Controllers, Treasury Officers, Management Accountants
  • Finance Staff in General Accounting, Payables, Receivables, Inventory, Fixed Assets, etc.
  • Joint Venture Accountants and Auditors
  • Government Regulators and Auditors
Course Outline
Module 1: Petroleum Project Economics & Risk Analysis


Cashflow Analysis

  • Familiarization with Economic terms
  • Setting up Cashflow Calculation
  • Depreciation Methods
  • Loss Carry Forwards
  • Inflation
  • Nominal & Real Cashflow
  • Sunk Costs
  • Project Financing


Economic Indicators

  • Economic Indicators Definitions
  • Present Value Concept
  • Discount Factor
  • Net Present Value
  • Internal Rate of Return
  • Effect of Project Delay
  • Payback Period
  • Profit / Investment Ratio
  • Incremental Projects


Risks and Uncertainties

  • Risk & Uncertainty
  • Expected Value Concept
  • Decision Tree Analysis
  • Farm-out Decision
  • Probability Analysis
  • Sensitivity Analysis
  • Probability Distribution
  • Monte Carlo Simulation


Setting up Spreadsheet Calculation

  • Introduction to Spreadsheet Calculation
  • Simple Cashflow using Excel
  • NPV Calculations
  • Application of Economic Indicators
  • Class Discussion


Setting up Oil Field Development Model

  • Setting up an Integrated Economic Model of a Typical Oil Field Development
  • Project Sensitivity Analysis for the Selected Model
  • Introduction to Russell Field Model
  • Final Remarks
Module 2: Upstream Petroleum Accounting


Major Accounting & Auditing Issues in the Upstream Petroleum Sector

  • The Latest Accounting & Auditing Issues Facing the Sector
  • The Impact of Commodity Prices, Currency & Interest Rate Fluctuations and Political and Environmental Developments
  • The Impact of Financial and Accounting Issues on Strategic Development and Growth within the Sector
  • The Annual Reports & Financial Statements of Leading International Petroleum Companies
  • An Overview of IFRS in Relation to Upstream Oil & Gas Accounting
  • The Role of Auditing


Accounting for Revenue & Costs in the Upstream Petroleum Sector 

  • Revenue Recognition & IFRS 15: Revenue from Contracts with Customers
  • Costs in Acquisition, Exploration, Development and Production
  • IFRS 6: Exploration for and Evaluation of Mineral Assets
  • Accounting Approaches - The "Successful Efforts" (SE) Method or the "Full Cost" (FC) Method
  • Break Even Oil, Cost Oil & Profit Oil
  • Evaluating Profitability of Leading International Oil & Gas Companies


Accounting for Assets in the Upstream Petroleum Sector 

  • Reserves & Resources
  • IAS 16: Property, Plant and Equipment
  • Depletion, Depreciation & Amortisation (“DD&A”)
  • IAS 36: Impairment of Assets
  • IAS 37 – 39 : Provisions, Contingent Liabilities and Contingent Assets; Intangible Assets and Financial Instruments
  • Evaluating the Assets & Reserves of Leading International Petroleum Companies


Creative Accounting, Corporate Governance & Auditing

  • Creative Accounting
  • Corporate Governance
  • Published Financial Statements
  • The Role of the Board & Audit Committee
  • External Auditing - Reporting to investors in the Oil & Gas industry
  • Internal Auditing - Defining and Developing the Internal Audit Process

DAY 10

The Internal Audit Function

  • Establishing the Roles & Staff within the Internal Audit Department
  • The Various Types of Audits
  • Planning & Commencing Internal Audit Examinations
  • Controls & Substantive Tests
  • Communicating Audit Findings
  • The Audit Exit Conference Meeting & Post-Audit Reviews
  • On successful completion of this training course, GLOMACS Certificate will be awarded to the delegates
  • Continuing Professional Education credits (CPE) : In accordance with the standards of the National Registry of CPE Sponsor, one CPE credit is granted per 50 minutes of attendance
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